The Inca believed the spirits of their creator resided in the natural elements—the sun, the moon, the earth, mountains, rivers, rocks, trees, wind—and they erected temples and other ritual spaces to honor these spirits, including many at Machu Picchu.
What religion is practiced in Machu Picchu?
Religion in Peru
The predominant religion is Roman Catholic, but there is a scattering of other Christian faiths. Indigenous Peruvians, however, have blended Catholicism and their traditional beliefs. An example is the near synonymous association of Pacha Mama (Mother Earth) and the Virgin Mary.
What was Inca religion called?
The Inca religion centered on a pantheon of gods that included Inti; a creator god named Viracocha; and Apu Illapu, the rain god. Impressive shrines were built throughout the kingdom, including a massive Sun Temple in Cusco that measured more than 1,200 feet in circumference.
What culture is Machu Picchu?
Machu Picchu is a mix of many cultures with many different traditions including Inca, Peruvian, and Amazonian heritage. The combination of Peruvian music and dance, accompanied by the food and traditions of ancient Incas makes Machu Picchu a place to remember.